Ryan Lowe

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Ryan Lowe
Ryan Lowe 1.jpg
Lowe playing for Tranmere Rovers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ryan Thomas Lowe[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Burscough
2000–2005 Shrewsbury Town 171 (32)
2005–2006 Chester City 40 (14)
2006–2008 Crewe Alexandra 64 (12)
2008 Stockport County (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Chester City 45 (16)
2009–2011 Bury 90 (49)
2011–2012 Sheffield Wednesday 26 (8)
2012–2013 Milton Keynes Dons 42 (11)
2013–2014 Tranmere Rovers 45 (19)
2014–2016 Bury 53 (15)
2015–2016 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 6 (2)
2016– Crewe Alexandra 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:28, 11 March 2016 (UTC).

Ryan Thomas Lowe (born 18 September 1978) is an English footballer who plays for Crewe Alexandra as a striker.


Born in Liverpool, Merseyside,[1] Lowe played for Liverpool's youth team between 12 and 13, before breaking his ankle. He returned to the team aged 15 before again leaving the club. He then played with Southport's youth team and non–league Liverpool teams Sandon Dock and Waterlook Dock[2] before joining Burscough. He moved into The Football League with Shrewsbury Town in time for 2000–01. After almost five years with the Shrews (which included a season in the Football Conference), Lowe switched to fellow Football League Two side Chester City on 22 March 2005.[3]

He spent a year at Chester, which included scoring twice in a shock FA Cup 3–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 3 December 2005[4] before leaving the club by mutual consent shortly after the return to the club of manager Mark Wright.[5]

Lowe joined Football League One side Crewe Alexandra in time for 2006–07 season. He enjoyed a successful debut for the Railwaymen, scoring the opening goal; assisting David Vaughan's goal and earning the man of the match in Crewe's 2–2 draw with Northampton Town on 5 August 2006. Lowe continued his form over the first few games of the season, scoring a further two goals in late August. However, the arrival of Rodney Jack to the club saw him lose his starting place for much of September. He returned to the starting line up on 30 September 2006 against Carlisle United. Lowe scored his only hat–trick for Crewe as they ran out 5–1 winners at The Alexandra Stadium.

After spells in and out of the Crewe side, Lowe joined Stockport County on loan on 27 March 2008.[6] But his transfer was not made permanent and he was not included in the side which clinched promotion in the play–off final against Rochdale at Wembley Stadium.

On 2 July 2008, Lowe returned to Chester on a two-year deal, becoming the club's fifth summer signing after Anthony Barry, Jay Harris, David Mannix and Paul Taylor.[7] Lowe scored twice including a penalty, in his first home game back for Chester against Leeds United in a 5–2 loss in the League Cup on 12 August 2008 and repeated the feat in a 5–1 thrashing of Barnet later in the month.

Lowe went on to comfortably finish as Chester's leading scorer with 18 goals (16 in the league), in a season which ended with the side suffering relegation from Football League Two. He received the club's player of the season award before the final match of the campaign against Darlington.[8] The following week it was announced Lowe had left Chester by mutual agreement, with several Football League clubs interested in signing him.[9]

On 10 June 2009, Bury FC confirmed the signing of Lowe on free transfer[10] Lowe got his first goal for Bury on 18 August 2009 away at Hereford United in a 3–1 win for Bury. Also, Lowe scored in Bury's 1–0 victory over rivals Rochdale, in the fixture at Gigg Lane. He scored his 100th league goal on 9 October 2010, bagging a brace against local rivals Accrington Stanley.

At the beginning of the 2010–11 season, he was named vice-captain by Alan Knill. On 1 March 2011, Lowe broke a 53-year-old club record by scoring in eight consecutive league games in a 3–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow. After a goal in the following 3–0 victory over Hereford on 5 March he extended the record to nine games. On 25 April he scored Bury's third in a 3–2 win over league leaders Chesterfield in the 87th minute, promoting his side to League One.[11]

On 31 August 2011, Lowe joined Bury's fellow League One team Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed six figure fee.[12]

On 1 August 2012, Lowe signed for League One side Milton Keynes Dons for an undisclosed fee and was signed on a two-year deal after limited chances at Hillsborough.[13]

On 21 June 2013, Lowe agreed to cancel his Milton Keynes Dons contract[14] and agreed to join Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer with a two-year deal.[15]

On 19 May 2014, Bury announced that they had resigned Lowe on a two-year contract.[16]

On 23 November 2015 Lowe rejoined his former club Crewe Alexandra on loan until 5 January 2016,[17] and in his first appearance scored a stoppage time winner at Colchester United.[18] He re-joined Crewe for a third time in May 2016.[19]



Sheffield Wednesday


Shrewsbury Town

Chester City



  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 258. ISBN 9-781845-966010. 
  2. ^ "Scouse in the House: Sheffield Wednesday’s Ryan Lowe explains his footballing journey". Liverpool Echo. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lowe signs for City". chester-city.co.uk. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Vote for Ryan". chester-city.co.uk. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ryan Lowe departs City". chester-city.co.uk. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Striker signs". Stockport County F.C. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Blues complete midfielder swoop". TEAMtalk.com. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Chester City 1 Darlington 2". Chester Chronicle. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Lowe let go by Chester". Liverpool Daily Post. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Lowe signed by Bury". Bury F.C. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Chesterfield 2–3 Bury". BBC Sport. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Sheffield Wednesday sign Ryan Lowe on two year deal, 31 August 2011, news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Ryan Lowe: MK Dons cancel homesick striker's contract, 21 June 2013, news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  15. ^ Striker Ryan Lowe has agreed to join Tranmere Rovers on a two–year contract, 21 June 2013 Twitter.com. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Bury re-sign Tranmere Rovers veteran striker". BBC Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34900920
  18. ^ "Colchester 2–3 Crewe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Ryan Lowe: Crewe Alexandra sign Bury striker for a third time". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 

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